Study in Scotland

The National Wallace Monument, Stirling (opened 1869) – Wikimedia Commons

Scotland provides a fantastic setting to study the Victorian period.  Our towns and cities have a wonderful Victorian architectural inheritance, and many Scottish archives, galleries and museums house extensive and unique collections of Victoriana.  Furthermore, Scottish universities offer thriving postgraduate communities for Victorian Studies.

Prospective PhD candidates: Many of the Centre’s associates supervise research students and would be happy to discuss any research projects you have in mind.  Via the collaborative framework established by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), co-supervision between staff at different institutions can be arranged.  Either contact a listed associate who specialises in your field or Michael Shaw (  for more information. PhD students can usually start studying at any point during the year, but the standard entry point is 1 October. Students who wish to apply for SGSAH or internal funding streams should contact prospective supervisors about their application in the autumn before they plan to start their study, as the funding deadlines tend to fall from December-February.

Prospective Masters students: While there are few specialist courses in in the Victorian period offered in Scottish universities, there are many Masters programmes (in Scotland usually MLitt or MSc) which offer options in Victorian or nineteenth-century studies. Most Scottish institutions also offer a one-year Masters by Research (MRes), in which you work with a supervisor on a project of your choice. If you wish to come to Scotland to study the Victorian period at Masters level, contact one of our associates and they can advise on the best course for you at their institution.